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Was the eight billionth baby
Born while her father looked out the window
At the year’s first snow?
Or in a caravan
Where strangers helped her mother,
Swaddling her for the arduous journey north
Was she born in a desert
Waiting for the rain
That never comes anymore
Or in a high rise next to a high rise
Next to a hundred sparkling high rises
Towering over the cramped and flooded streets
Or was she born
As her mother wailed in despair
Wondering
If it wouldn’t be better
if they both died

First snowfall of the year, light snow turning to wintry mix
Every snowfall series, 2022-23

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